The reboot of the 70s and 80s cop show ‘CHiPs’ is being slammed as homophobic, with critics taking aim at the ‘gay panic’ gags that appear to litter the script. The movie, written and directed by Dax Shepard, finds his California Highway Patrolman Jon Baker partnered with Michael Peña’s sex obsessed Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello, actually an undercover FBI agent tasked with rooting out corruption. In an article for movie website The Wrap, Matt Donnelly really tears strips off the movie, accusing it of ‘roiling with gay panic, or scenes where straight characters are distressed by social or sexual situations involving LGBTQ people’.
Following a bit of a savaging by Larry Wilcox, the original Jon Baker from 70s and 80s cop show ‘CHiPs’, stars of the newly rebooted movie version have jumped to its defence. Wilcox, who now works in ‘banking and philanthropic projects’ and collects French Burgundy, according to his website, slammed the new movie iteration of the California Highway Patrol. Way to go Warner Bros – just ruined the Brand of CHIPS and of the Calif Highway Patrol.
Dax Shepard ('Hit and Run,' TV’s 'Parenthood') and Michael Peña ('The Martian') star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action comedy 'CHIPS'. Shepard also directs from a script he penned based on the characters from the popular ‘70s television series created by Rick Rosner. In cinemas 24 March, 2017.